Chris Hardy, CCE, IOM
Chris is responsible for the general oversight of Chamber Operations while also serving as council to the Chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Chris also serves on the Sumter County Economic Development Board and is an active member with the Sumter Rotary Club. Chris is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM) and received his Certified Chamber of Commerce Executive (CCE) from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from Francis Marion University. Chris and his wife Becca enjoying working in their yard and laying by the pool with their two dogs Nikko and Brody.
Debra has been employed at the Chamber for 22 years. Prior to the Chamber, she worked for Sumter Dairies/Coburg for 22 years. Debra loves her job at the Chamber, especially meeting people and helping them with their questions, along with other daily duties. She enjoys coming to work each day as each day is a new experience!! She has 3 children and 6 grandchildren and has been married to Kenny Mims for 32 years. Debra grew up on a farm and still enjoys the country life. You'll see Debra at all of our Chamber events, and when not busy with work she enjoys spending time with her children and family. Give Debra a call today for information about our services, our community, and how the Chamber can help your business.
Director of Partner Development
Introducing Josh Morell, the dynamic Director of Partner Development at the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and the staff liaison for both the Membership Committee and the Ambassadors program. With a sharp focus on member retention, Josh is the driving force behind forging lasting connections within the business community. His strategic acumen and hands-on approach ensure that each member not only benefits from Chamber affiliation but thrives within a supportive network. Passionate about fostering growth and collaboration, Josh plays a pivotal role in propelling Greater Sumter's business ecosystem to new heights. With him at the helm, the Chamber continues to be a dynamic hub for innovation and prosperity.
Breanna J. Hughes
Director of Programs and Events
Breanna is responsible for the management and facilitation of all Chamber Programs and Events, as well as collaborating with Chamber members to increase their brand visibility by supporting the programs/evens that align with their areas of interest. Originally from Sumter, Breanna graduated from Lakewood High School in 2012. She studied at Central Carolina Technical College and USC Sumter. She is pursuing her master's degree in business administration from USC Aiken. In addition to having a full-time job and being a full-time student, Breanna is also a full-time mother of a five year old little boy. She owns Huck & Grace Catering and Events, Board chair for The Sumter Advocacy Center, Vice President for the Young Professionals of Sumter and is a active member of her church.